Echinacea is one of the most popular herbs used in Europe. Whilst there are two other species of Echinacea which may be found in use, tests have shown that Echinacea purpurea has the greatest activity. It is considered to be the prime remedy for the immune system and this view has been supported by extensive research. The Native Americans were the first to recognise the value of the plant, using it for wound healing and snakebites. Echinacea works by balancing the immune system so that it works efficiently. This means that you are less likely to catch colds etc, and may be less prone to allergies. It is best taken in a maintenance dose over a period of time to improve immune function.
Colds and flu
Upper respiratory tract infections
This is the original Echinacea extract formulated by Alfred Vogel and contains the tinctures of Echinacea purpurea herb and root. 0.6ml drops contains the equivalent of 285mg whole fresh plant. Also contains 65%v/v ethanol.
Echinaforce® Echinacea drops (tincture) and Echinacea tablets may be used by adults and children over the age of 6 years to fight the symptoms of colds and flu.
Dosage of Echinaforce® drops:
Adults: 15 drops (0.6ml) of tincture in a small amount of water, 2 to 3 times daily.
Children (6-12 years): 7 drops (0.3ml) of tincture in a small amount of water, 2 to 3 times daily.
Echinaforce ® Echinacea drops and tablets are for oral use only. For external use of an Echinacea extract, please see our page on Echinacea cream.
Do not take more than the recommended dose. Taking too much (overdose) is unlikely to be harmful.
Those suffering from leukaemia or HIV should consult a Doctor before using Echinacea. Do not use if taking immunosuppressant medication. Avoid in cases of known hypersensitivity to Echinacea preparations.